Atlanta bank sees 8,000 new accounts after rapper’s shoutout

Atlanta bank sees 8,000 new accounts after rapper’s shoutout

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Citizens Trust, a black-owned bank in Atlanta, has seen more than 8,000 people open new accounts over five days after activist and hip-hop star Killer Mike urged black Atlantans to open up accounts at the community lender.

There’s been a “huge influx” of new customers since the rapper, who previously stumped for Bernie Sanders, name-checked the business on Hot 107.9, an Atlanta radio station, Diedra St. Julien, Citizens Trust’s marketing director, told The Post.

“This movement brought awareness to the importance of community banks, and the strength of community banks, inside the communities they support,” she said.

Killer Mike, who’s one half of the rap duo Run the Jewels, urged black Atlantans to open accounts just one day after the killing of five police officers in Dallas, and after videos surfaced of two black men killed by police inLouisiana and Minnesota.

By Kevin Dugan /

The Classy Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT

Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT

Did you know the LVMH group also owns famous watchmakers such as TAG Heuer, Bulgari, Zenith, and Hublot, among many other renowned brands? Well, they do, and although it might seem a bit of an overkill for Louis Vuitton to release watches as well, they have nonetheless introduced the Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT.

Showing off an interesting 41.5 mm case, that’s going to be available in either steel or 18k pink gold, the Voyager GMT is uber chic, and it’s even capable of handling water depths of up to 30 meters, allowing owners to brag with a distinctive looking timepiece, that’s Louis Vuitton-branded, of course.

The watch can be paired with three different strap options, including a steel bracelet or a textured gray “taurillon” calf leather strap, for the steel case, and a stunning blue alligator strap for the 18k pink gold model.

Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT

This isn’t the first time Louis Vuitton has gotten a little “ambitious” with branding, but here they are, taking it a step further. The iconic French brand is trying to deliver somewhat of a perfect blend, between what a watch connoisseur appreciates and what fashionistas choose to wear every time they go out for a night on the town.

The movement inside the Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT watch is a Swiss automatic at base, probably tweaked by Louis Vuitton craftsmen; it operates at 4Hz and offers a 42-hour power reserve. Also worth mentioning are the exhibition caseback and that the movement features a custom “LV”-style automatic rotor.

Pricing for the Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT watch stands at $6,100 for the steel version with the leather strap, and you’ll have to pay $6,500 more if you want it on the steel bracelet; last but not least, $18,700 will get you the watch in 18k pink gold.

Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT



Is Mike Pence OK with Donald Trump’s bigoted remarks?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has indicated to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that he is moving toward <a href="">choosing the Indiana governor as his vice presidential nominee</a>, a source familiar with the process tells CNN. In this image, Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services had approved the State's waiver request for the plan his administration called HIP 2.0 during a speech in Indianapolis on January 27, 2015.

(CNN)Now that Donald Trump has made it official that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be his vice presidential candidate, the media needs to ask Pence one critically important question: “Why would you agree to be the running mate to a man who has spewed so much sexism, bigotry and racism?”

We are not talking about the typical scenario where a presidential and vice presidential candidate differ on a few policy issues. This is far different. Trump has waged a campaign, as Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center explained on my SiriusXM radio show this week, that arguably is the most hate-filled in modern day politics since pro-segregationist George Wallace’s campaign in 1968.
Even Republicans have criticized some of Trump’s despicable rhetoric. Just last month, for example, House Speaker Paul Ryan dubbed Trump’s demand that Judge Gonzalo Curiel step down from presiding over the Trump University fraud case because of his ethnic heritage “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Pence’s decision to accept the nomination is even more stunning given that he had publicly criticized Trump’s comments on Muslims and Mexicans during this campaign on two occasions. The first was in December after Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
The next day Pence tweeted, “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.” (Trump has since tweaked his proposal to only ban Muslims from “terror countries,” but apparently people of other faiths from those countries would be permitted to enter the United States. Pence stated Friday he was “very supportive” of this new immigration ban.)
And after Trump repeatedly called Curiel a “Mexican” and demanded that he step down from presiding over the Trump University case, Pence declared that Trump’s remarks about Curiel, who was born in Indiana, were inappropriate and that it was wrong “to question the partiality of the judge based on their ethnic background.”
Could it be that Pence’s silence in response to Trump’s other inflammatory remarks indicates he agrees with them? Or does Pence find them truly objectionable but he has checked his principles on the side in order to advance his own political career? We don’t know. But it would certainly help the American people understand Pence’s character and his belief system much more if he would let us know how he views Trump’s past comments such as these:
1. Does Pence object to Trump calling women “fat pigs” and “dogs” and even mocking Carly Fiorina’s face? Is Pence OK with being demeaning to women?
2. Trump claimed at his campaign launch last June that Mexico is sending “rapists” and “drug dealers.” He even insisted that Mexicans are raping American women because, as Trump put itto CNN’s Don Lemon, “Well, somebody’s doing the raping, Don!”
3. Is Pence on board with Trump vocally defending his supporters beating up protesters? The worst example came in November when Black Lives Matter protester Mercutio Southall interrupted Trump at a rally, causing the candidate to call out for his supporters to get him out of the venue. Six white Trump fans then punchedand kicked Southall, reportedly calling him a “monkey” and the “N word.” When asked about the incident the next day on Fox News, Trump remarked, “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
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4. What about Trump mocking a disabled reporter because the reporter wouldn’t confirm Trump’s fairytale that “thousands” of Muslims were cheering in New Jersey on 9/11? Will Pence make it clear that he opposes ridiculing the disabled?
And the list goes on, with Trump retweeting various comments from white supremacist groups to recently defending his campaign tweeting out what appeared to most as an anti-Semitic image involving the Star of David over hundred-dollar bills in a tweet attacking Hillary Clinton.
Is Pence, a self-proclaimed devout Christian, in the least bit troubled by any of this? Or has Trump found a running mate who, with only minor exceptions, sees eye to eye with him in spewing sexism, racism and bigotry? It’s now time for Pence to let America know the answer to this question.
By Dean Obeidallah / cnn

The Latest: Erdogan signals executions may be reinstated

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Turkey’s failed military coup. (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave signals that Turkey might reinstate capital punishment in the wake of Friday’s failed coup attempt.

Erdogan spoke to his supporters in front of his Istanbul residence Sunday evening. His speech was punctuated by frequent calls of “we want the death penalty” from the large crowd, to which Erdogan responded: “We hear your request. In a democracy, whatever the people want they will get.”

Adding that they will be in contact with Turkey’s opposition parties to reach a position of capital punishment, “We will not delay this decision for long. Because those who attempt a coup in this country must pay.”

Turkey hasn’t executed anyone since 1984 and capital punishment was legally abolished in 2004 as part of its bid to join the European Union.


7:35 p.m.

Turkish official says law enforcement officials fired warning shots at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gocen Airport after backers of the failed coup had resisted arrest.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, initially reported there were clashes in the area.

He later retracted that statement saying there was “no exchange” of fire and security forces had only fired “warning shots.”

Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency reported that seven people, including a colonel were detained at an air base in the central Anatolian city of Konya.

The same official said the situation in Konya was “under control” after coup backers there also resisted arrest.

“This is why we have been asking the people to stand guard and remain aware,” he said.

–By Dominique Soguel in Istanbul.


7 p.m.

Turkey’s state-run news agency says police officers have entered an air base in central Turkey to arrest military personnel.

Anadolu Agency says police had entered the air force base in Konya to round up high-ranking officers as part of the investigation into Friday’s failed coup attempt.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Sunday that the coup plotters have been defeated, the coup has failed and life has returned to normal.


6:45 p.m.

The top U.S. military officer says U.S. officials were surprised by the attempted overthrow of the Turkish government.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press that he was pleased by the response of top Turkish military leaders to the coup attempt led by a minority of officers.

Dunford was in Afghanistan when the coup attempt was made.

Dunford says he hasn’t yet spoken to his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Hulusi Akar, who had been detained by the coup leaders and then rescued. He said he hopes to speak to him in coming days.


5:20 p.m.

Thousands have attended the funeral of six people in Istanbul who were killed during a botched coup attempt in Turkey.

At least 265 people were killed in clashes when parts of the Turkish military attempted to seize power.

Among those buried in Istanbul was Ilhan Varank, the brother of Mustafa Varank, an aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Relatives of those killed wept and clutched each other for comfort amid chants of “God is great.”

Mourners also called for the death penalty for a U.S.-based cleric the authorities blame for the coup.


5:05 p.m.

Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top military aide.

The Anadolu Agency says Sunday the warrant was issued against Col. Ali Yazici following Friday’s failed coup attempt. It wasn’t immediately clear what role, if any, Yazici played in the attempted coup that started late Friday.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the coup plotters have been defeated, the coup has failed and life has returned to normal.


5 p.m.

The Pentagon says Turkey has reopened its airspace to military aircraft, allowing the U.S.-led coalition to resume air operations against the Islamic State group.

Turkey had closed its airspace following an attempted coup, which was crushed.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook says “U.S. facilities at Incirlik are still operating on internal power sources, but we hope to restore commercial power soon. Base operations have not been affected.”

Turkey, a NATO member, is a key partner in U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State group, and has allowed American jets to use its Incirlik air base to fly missions against the extremists in nearby Syria and Iraq.

Brexit minister seeks ‘generous’ deal for EU citizens, Britons

A Vote Leave message is seen on the back of a road sign in Coleraine, Northern Ireland June 28, 2016. Picture taken June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Brexit minister said he wanted a generous settlement for Britons living in the EU and for Europeans in Britain after the country voted to leave the 28-nation bloc, but declined to fully guarantee the rights of EU citizens.

David Davis, who has said Britain should begin the formal process of leaving the EU by triggering Article 50 in early 2017, said on Sunday that the rights of EU citizens living in Britain should be agreed along with those of Britons in Europe.

“I want to see a generous settlement for the people here already because they didn’t pick this circumstance,” Davis told Sky News on Sunday.

“We want to do that at the same time as we get a similarly generous settlement for British citizens living in the EU,” he said.

Davis said he backed the rights of those living and working in Britain and expected all citizens to be well-protected. However, he suggested that there could be limits if there is an increase in immigration from the 27 remaining EU countries before Brexit occurs.

“One way of dealing with it could be saying OK, only people arriving before a certain date get this protection,” he said, declining to fully guarantee the rights of those already in Britain.

Border control was an important theme in the June 23 referendum in which 52 percent of those who voted backed leaving the European Union, however any limitations could be a concern for Britain’s largest firms, many of which have spoken in favour of free movement.

Davis, who said his newly created Department for Exiting the European Union currently has 40 staff but will grow to a “couple of hundred”, said Britain will now be able to negotiate better trade deals and also keep access to the European single market.

“It will keep its access, but whether it keeps tariff-free access is the issue and …that is what we are aiming for,” he said.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Karin Strohecker; editing by Jason Neely)

Ishola Babatunde Isaac Builds Robots At Home (photos)

Ishola Babatunde Isaac is an Inventor, Roboticist, Researcher, Electrical Engineer, and Software developer. He obtained a BSc. Electronic and Electrical Engineer (First Class Honor) from Obafemi Awolowo University where as a student; he was part of the OAU iLab team – research collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OAU developing remote online laboratories that serves a good substitute to the conventional laboratories.

He developed a system that allows students to control real laboratory equipment over the internet. The remote labs are a great substitute for experimentation in Nigerian university given the chronic underfunding of higher institutions of learning, we get to see about 10 students clustered around a piece of lab equipment. With the remote labs, this problem is eliminated as only one equipment is needed regardless the number of students as students only get to access the lab remotely (over the internet) but without the time and space restriction associated with the conventional labs. Babatunde has developed several remote and virtual laboratories currently being used by students of OAU, contributed software suite to ease development for the iLab development team and has trained several students and staffs of OAU, UI and Bells University.

As an emerging Roboticist, his research interest lies in the area of Robotic. You will probably never find a better robotics enthusiast in Nigeria though most of his works are independent robotics research. Leveraging on the Massive Open Online Course, he has learnt the basics of robotics systems since courses are not been offered on this subject in Nigeria Universities. He has since been part of a number of robot projects. These include a locally fabricated Humanoid (looks and walks like humans) robot; Autonomous rover (vehicle that drives itself using camera as input and Artificial Intelligence); Robotic Arm used in an automated remote laboratory for a civil engineering experiment. Robotics is a highly theoretical field and so he bridges the gap by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Course to take courses in that domain.

As a member of the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) and so passionate about engineering education and eliminating mediocrity among the younger generations, He conducts robotics training (Lego Mind storm) for secondary school students teaching them how to build and program robots and prepare them to compete in the World Robotics Olympiad.

His interest lies in research and development – advancing the frontiers of knowledge while imparting lives; giving new hopes to those who has lost hope…He is also into some Brain Computer Interfacing projects in the Laboratory for Bioinstrumentation and Neuroengineering at Obafemi Awolowo University among which is a thought-controlled prostheses that could allow amputees control replacement limb with just their thought. Among milestone he has set to achieve is a thought-controlled car. Imagine people with disabled motor function being able to drive a car by just thinking.

Driven by similar motivation for rehabilitation technology, He has earlier designed a motion capture suit that could help Stroke patients in their recovery process. This was achieved by capturing the motion of wearer using motion sensors attached to the suit…the same technology could be used in animation industry (in place of Kinect) to capture an actor’s motion and saved as a BVH, BIP or STP file for realistic animation, it’s indeed a much better solution than Kinect.

Alongside, he is a versatile software developer – a polyglot, with over a dozen programming languages to his credit. He develops software cutting across several platforms: web, desktop, mobiles, devices…He is on the team developing Africa’s first social job-site – insidify  – a job and cv search platform for employers and job seekers. He is also the CTO of Arooko – an incredibly easy to use, offline platform for mobile phone recharge set to launch soon in Nigeria.

Ishola Babatunde sure has a few feathers to his hat. He won the Microsoft Nigeria’s Most Innovative Student Award during the Microsoft Imagine Cup Nigeria in 2011; Winner of the Education category of Samsung Apps Developers’ Content (2010) and came third overall in Nigeria. With such rare combination of a good academic standing and practical expertise, Babatunde is definitely an inspiration to many young engineering students. But when asked where he gets his inspiration, he simply has this to say “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding”-job 32:8”

“My advice to students out there: push the limits; don’t be afraid to go the extra mile after all, only those who go too far can possibly know how far they can go”

“I look forward to developing robotic systems as solution to unique challenges being faced in Nigeria in areas as agriculture, medicine, rehabilitation among other. I am a firm believer that the problem being faced by a nation can only be solved effectively by resident of that nation as only they can fully experience in the unique challenges around”

“I do wish I had been introduced to robotics much earlier (like in secondary school) and so I am determined to help students in this category to have those things I wish I had”


EFCC Seizes Fayose’s Houses In Lagos And Abuja, Quizzes Olu Falae

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized some properties said to belong to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

It was learnt that the properties located in the highbrow areas of Lagos and Abuja were seized as part of investigations into the N1.219bn the governor allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser when Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) held sway, through a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, as well as some kickbacks he (Fayose) allegedly received from the Ekiti State Government contractors.

The anti-graft agency has also quizzed a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on his alleged role in the $15bn arms scam.

Falae was grilled by investigators at the commission’s office on Thursday.

Investigators told one of our correspondents that the seized houses belonging to Fayose were allegedly purchased with stolen funds and the EFCC invoked the Assets Forfeiture clause to seize the properties in line with Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004.

The seizure came less than a month after the governor’s three Zenith Bank accounts were frozen by the anti-graft agency.

One of our correspondents, who visited two of the properties on 32 Yedseram Street and 44 Osun River Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, observed the inscriptions ‘EFCC, Keep Off’ on the fences.

According to court documents filed by the EFCC, the property on Osun River Crescent was bought by Fayose in the name of his London-based sister, Mrs. Moji Ladeji.

The governor reportedly pulled down the structure of one of the Abuja properties and started building a new one.

The two properties, which are uncompleted buildings, were said to be worth over N470m.

Sunday PUNCH learnt that the properties in Lagos were four duplexes located at Plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island. The four duplexes cost $1.3m (N364m) each.

They were allegedly bought through a company, JJ Technical.

The EFCC had in a 10-paragraph counter-affidavit deposed to by Tosin Owobo accused Fayose of using the proceeds of crime to purchase properties.

The affidavit read in part, “Apart from fraudulently retaining the sum of N1, 219,490,000 being part of the N4, 745,000,000 stolen from the treasury of the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser, the applicant (Fayose) has also received gratification in form of kickbacks from various contractors with the Ekiti State Government such as Samchese Nigeria Ltd, Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd, Hoff Concept Ltd and Calibre Consulting Ltd.

“The applicant (Fayose) received these kickbacks and gratification through Still Earth Ltd and Signachorr Nigeria Limited. In turn, the applicant (Fayose) instructed the Still Earth Ltd and Signachoor Nigeria Limited to use the funds to acquire properties for him.

“In complying with the applicant’s instruction, Still Earth Limited and Signachoor Nigeria Limited acquired properties on behalf of the applicant (Fayose) in the name of a company known as J.J Technical Services Limited belonging to the applicant (Fayose) and his wife (Feyisetan).

“That the applicant (Fayose) also used the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji (the applicant’s sister) to acquire a property situated at 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama Abuja, from the proceeds of the alleged offences of receiving gratification and kickbacks.”

In his reaction, however, Fayose said all properties linked to him were not bought with stolen funds.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said any property that might be linked to him or his company was “bought legitimately and his properties were duly declared in his assets declaration form and sources of such funds were not illicit.”

He said since the money he got for his election was from legitimate sources and not from the ONSA, “how the money was spent remained his own business and not that of anyone.”

Mrs. Oyin Daramola, an estate agent and owner of Still Earth Ltd, was quoted as telling investigators that she indeed sold the Victoria Island properties to Fayose. She said she rejected the idea of receiving payment through contracts.

Meanwhile, Falae, who was quizzed on Thursday by the anti-graft agency, had in February admitted to collecting N100m from a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

The money was reportedly given to Falae to get his party, the SDP, to endorse the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, and campaign for him.

However, the N100m was said to have emanated from the imprest account of the ONSA domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The money, which Falae got was said to be part of the N3.145bn transferred from the account of the ONSA to the bank account of Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, a company allegedly owned by the Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman.

On Anenih’s instruction, Usman was said to have transferred N100m into a UBA account titled Marecco Nigeria Limited with number 1000627022, which allegedly belongs to Falae.

Others who allegedly received part of the fund were a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode (N840m) and two former ministers, Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri, who jointly received N350m in two tranches.

An investigator at the anti-graft agency told our correspondent that Falae was grilled for several hours and then allowed to go home on the condition that he would return in the next two weeks.

The source said Falae admitted to receiving the fund but maintained that he did not know that the money emanated from the ONSA.

However, investigators were said to have rattled the 78-year-old elder statesman with fresh facts.

A detective said, “Chief Falae came to our office based on an invitation. He told us the story of how he received N100m based on the instruction of Anenih. However, our investigations revealed that Falae only transferred N60m to his party, SDP.

“The remaining N40m was personally withdrawn by him, which means it was not used for campaign. When he was confronted, he started appealing to us that he did not want to be detained or taken to court, so we told him to go and bring the N40m first.

“He said we should give him some time, so we have given him two weeks to go and bring the money and then report back to us.”

Asked if the EFCC was willing to charge Falae having frozen his account, the detective said, “Chief Falae, is a former Permanent Secretary and Minister of Finance. There is no way he would not have known that the deal was shady.

“If he really wanted to use the money for campaign, why didn’t he ask that the N100m be paid into the account of the SDP? Also, why didn’t he question the source of the fund when it did not emanate from the account of the PDP? Why did he keep N40m to himself?

“We are not victimising any political party or investigating the source of campaign funds. All we are doing is tracing the billions of dollars stolen from the ONSA account. Once you return the money, you will have no problem.”

Falae, while admitting in February that he collected N100m, had said, “It is true that N100m was given to my party to endorse and work for (former President Goodluck Jonathan’s candidature in the 2015 election. We used the money for that purpose and we effectively campaigned for the PDP since we did not have presidential candidate in the election. The money was not for me.

“With all the money PDP has and having spent 16 years in power, how would I have known that the money was from the arms deal? No reference was made to the arms deal. So, they should not bring me into the arms issue.”

Falae, while speaking to one of our correspondents on Saturday confirmed that he was invited by the EFCC. The elder statesman said he told the anti-graft agency that he didn’t collect any money from Dasuki.

He said, “It is true that I was invited by the EFCC and during the interrogation I told them that I didn’t collect money from Dasuki; that the money given to my party through Chief Tony Anenih was not given to me personally but to my party, the SDP.

“I also told them that the money was mainly used for the election. I told them it was an inter-party arrangement between our party and the PDP and the money was spent on the election. I didn’t know where the PDP got their money from, it was not my business but the money given to us had been spent on the election.

“I explained to them exactly what I said in my interview in the newspapers.”

He, however, declined comment on whether or not he was asked to come back to the EFCC for further interrogation.